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Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in the Community: A Hospital-Based Study

  • Angella Goetz (a1), Kathy Posey (a1), Jean Fleming (a1), Sharon Jacobs (a1), Linda Boody (a1), Marilyn M. Wagener (a1) and Robert R. Muder (a1)...

Abstract

To determine the proportion of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) among patients presenting for hospitalization and to assess risk factors for MRSA carriage, we conducted a study for 13 months at five Pittsburgh-area hospitals. Of 504 S aureus identified, 125 (25%) were MRSA Independent risk factors for MRSA included organ transplantation, employment in a healthcare facility, pressure sores, tube feeding, and hospitalization within the preceding year.

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VA Medical Center, University Dr C, Pittsburgh, PA 15240

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